Dental group receives grant |

Dental group receives grant

The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Aspen Community Foundation.

“This grant will be used to expand the (alliance’s) dental programs for children and seniors,” said Cristina Gair, executive director of the alliance. “We are honored to receive this grant from the Aspen Community Foundation, which shows local support for our organization’s vision to improve the overall oral health of individuals in our region.”

The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance’s mission is to create a comprehensive dental system that promotes education, prevention and improved access for residents from Aspen to Parachute. The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance staff has expanded to two people: Cristina Gair, executive director, and Kelly Keeffe, regional oral health consultant.

The Dental Health Alliance works in collaboration with Garfield County Public Health to provide education, dental screenings, fluoride varnishes and dental sealants in local schools. In addition, the alliance works with local senior centers to provide dental prevention and screenings. The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance continues to expand the number of dentists and hygienists providing the Cavity Free at Three program, which encourages the establishment of a dental home by age 1 help prevent tooth decay during early childhood.

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